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empathetic

[em-puh-thet-ik] /ˌɛm pəˈθɛt ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characterized by empathy, the psychological identification with the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of others:
a sensitive, empathetic school counselor.
Also, empathic
[em-path-ik] /ɛmˈpæθ ɪk/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of empathetic
1930-1935
1930-35; empath(y) + -etic
Related forms
empathetically, empathically, adverb
nonempathic, adjective
nonempathically, adverb
Can be confused
empathetic, sympathetic, simpatico.
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  • Had a virtually complete case of empathic paralysis when he came to us.

    Final Weapon Everett B. Cole
  • In the empathic paradigm, the subjectivity of the other is "assumed to be as whole and valid as that of the caregiver" (p. 68).

    Nursing as Caring Anne Boykin
  • Gadow's contrasting paradigms, empathic and philanthropic, are relevant to this understanding.

    Nursing as Caring Anne Boykin
  • But he did feel the wave of emotion that welled from her, impinging directly on his empathic sense.

    Sense of Obligation Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
  • And the mountain in question, seen from one double its height, will suggest the empathic activity of spreading itself out.

    The Beautiful Vernon Lee
British Dictionary definitions for empathic

empathic

/ɛmˈpæθɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to empathy
Derived Forms
empathically, empathetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for empathic
adj.

1909, from empathy + -ic. Related: Empathically.

empathetic

adj.

1932, in psychology, from empathy on model of sympathetic and to distinguish it from empathic. Related: Empathetically.

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